I should like to commend Ken Ikeda for his interest, initiative, and faith. His project motivates students to do well in all their subjects so that, with the right tools and his encouragement, they can prove their ability to excel.
With 22 years of experience teaching English at McClymonds, I feel qualified to tell Mr. Ikeda that whatever his present financial sacrifice, his reward will be far more gratifying than any amount of money.
Frances Whitney, Oakland
Kim Torgerson, Oakland
Instead of welcoming more hate mail, how about really writing better and more interesting articles?
There are interesting people, organizations, events, folks with opinions to interview, and countless interesting professors at the universities around here, visiting musicians, authors, speakers, many of whom would love to air their views.
You've got enough advertisers to actually pay writers' salaries and to cover research overhead.
We are not a podunk town, we are a cultural and intellectual center.
If everyone thinks your quality has dropped in the last few months (and I agree with them), how about improving the quality?
Robert Berend, via the Internet
If you paid attention you would have noticed some things. People in Berkeley care. They care about the environment, other people, causes ... you know, things you have no inkling whatsoever.
One thing that people need right now is guidance, and Ralfee Finn's astrology column offers that. Who are you to judge how people find it?
Ralfee Finn is a woman, you asshole. If you really read and had comprehended what you read, you would have noticed that small detail and also the fact you came off as a total lowbrow jerk. Maybe it is just too difficult for you to think. Poor thing.
Do us all a favor (and since people in Berkeley have a heart, this means you too), jump in your gas-guzzling SUV that takes up two of our precious parking spaces, and get the hell back to the suburban town that spawned you.
By the way, Tea for the Tillerman was an album by Cat Stevens, dummy.
At least Pink Man has a talent and something better to do with his time than picking on a column.
P.S. There are more of us than you!
Angelique Gibbons, Berzerkely
How Berkeley can you be? Just moved here, huh? Your letter is as stupid as you think Ralfee's column is. Lucky for me I didn't read it hoping for "good horoscope." I believe Ralfee is a woman, at least I thought so when she took some time off to have a kid, so the visual of "ruffled shirt and codpiece" is odd. Where did you say you're from?
Anyway, thanks for bringing hate radio to the Letters page.
L. Miller, Berkeley
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